Proverbs 23:4-5

When I was in college, I worked in a few factories over the summer to make some money. I met a guy who did maintenance on the machines in the factory. He began to tell me how much money he had made the previous year and the house he was able to pay cash for. I asked how he was able to make that much in a year, and he proceeded to tell me that he worked 90 hours per week all year! Most nights he slept there at the factory. He made a lot of money, but literally did nothing but work and sleep. 

In our society, it is the goal of many to be rich. We look up to those who have lots of money and we desire to have the life they live. Some were born into money, some worked very hard for it, some lucked into it, and others cheated their way to riches. 

Wanting to make money isn’t bad, we all need to earn a living and support our families. 

Working hard is great, and is something we should all do. 

When the desire to get rich begins to get too strong, and becomes our main focus, trouble begins to arrise. 

Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; stop giving your attention to it. As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears, for it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.

Proverbs 23:4‭-‬5 HCSB

Money is temporary, it’s only for this life. It can go away more quickly than we can bring it in. Don’t let the desire to get rich get in the way of life. 

Think about your motives for working and making money. Are you picking up extra shifts to pay the bills, get out of debt, or just to get money?

There are seasons in our life we will have to work more, but always examine your motives. 

If we are wearing ourselves out to simply get more than we need, we are missing out on time with family and friends and doing things we love. 

Work hard for the right reasons, don’t make it your life. 


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